To the left outside the frame is the Chrysler building peeking out behind a few other tall buildings.
His office is in 2 Penn Plaza between 20 and 30 stories up (I wouldn't give the exact floor!), so it's high enough to see over a lot of the smaller buildings. I definitely find it interesting that 20 stories and under are considered "small" in Midtown Manhattan, since I can probably count on my hands how many buildings are that tall here.
Another really cool thing about this location is that it is right above Penn Station and towers just next to and is connected with Madison Square Garden.
This gets its name much more from its shape than from its construction or location. Built like an iron, it sits where Fifth Avenue and Broadway meet.
The offices in the front corner are the most coveted in New York City. I can see why: the architecture is absolutely stunning.
A lot of the buildings here also have a "shelf" around the 20th floor: in the 1920s (that was almost 100 years ago, I can barely believe it!) an ordinance was passed that buildings taller than about 20 stories - I would have to check on the exact number - had to recess in at this point so sunlight could still reach the sidewalk.
This is actually very close to ABC Carpet and Home, which was on my shortlist of places to go, but I wound up falling in love with the little shop across the street: I think it's called "Fishs Eddy." They had a lot of really cool stuff there - all made in the United States by independent artists.
I'm not going to delve too much into the story behind this building, but I am going to put a little bit in:
The new World Trade Center (WTC as it is referred, and WFC for World Financial Tower) have come a long way from even when I was here in May. As far as I know, the exterior of WFC is complete, and it rises approximately 50 stories.
WTC is already an official part of the NYC skyline, and will soon dominate the skyline over the Financial District on the southern most part of the island. The materials used in its construction all come from American soil, and the glass comes from a city only about 150 miles north of me in Minneapolis in Alexandria, MN which is about 45 minutes south of my grandparents' cabin.
They are able to construct about one floor per week on each team: structural, glass, etc, and they are able to work simultaneously as they are all on separate floors.
I do thank my lucky stars that we got to see the tree in Rockefeller Center: the city took it down the following afternoon.